The Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountains

Two bronze drinking fountains, sculpted by Emilie Fiero in 1924, stood on the east and west sides of the lake in Wade Park next to the Cleveland Museum of Art until they were stolen in 1980. Working from black and white photographs, senior sculpture conservator Tom Podnar has reproduced these magnificent fountains and, in the spring of 2017, they were returned to their original stone bases in their original locations.

Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountain
Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountain

Sculpture Conservator Tom Podnar sculpting the new drinking fountain in clay

Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountain

The original “heron fountains” were by sculptor Emilie Fiero and installed in 1928. They were stolen in 1980 and replaced with concrete cubes.

Working from old photographs, McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory outside the town of Oberlin created a clay model (completed July 2016) that was used to make molds for bronze casting of two new fountains.

Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountains

Casting the bronze fountains at Studio Foundry, Cleveland

Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountains

Detail of the drinking fountain before patination

Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountain
Great Blue Heron Drinking Fountains

Detail of the drinking fountain before patination

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